Amy Abbott Writes: The Raven Lunatic


Amy Abbott Writes: The Raven Lunatic

A fearless look at raising a child with autism

“Quite typically, she (Kalisha) was saddened but didn’t she any tears. However, she did ask if Grandma was goint to help Jesus hang the stars in the sky every night. I thought that was so sweet until she continued, “I want that to be my job when I die and go to heaven. I don’t want Grandma to get my job.” I assured her there were enough stars to go around.”<< MORE >>

First Day of the Rest of my Life and other Sappy Ideas

During this half-decade, my husband and I also did some travel that wasn’t possible when I had more limited vacation. One of our tours was to Italy where our organized tour director kept us on schedule so we could see everything planned. When people asked why there were only two photo stops on the way to some Tuscan city instead of four, the tour director said, “All the time we have, is all the time we have.”<< MORE >>

Why I'm the Keeper of the Family Photos

What will our children keep? Will they cherish their SmartPhones or external hard drives full of pictures, CDs, DVDs or whatever media is popular at the time? An earpiece that hangs off Google glasses that contain all of their children’s school pictures? A Dick Tracy-style watch with 10,000 digital wedding pictures?<< MORE >>

Homebound and Not Happy About It

Yesterday I had a meeting at the Newburgh library, about two miles from our home. When I went to the meeting, it was chilly but nothing was happening (despite the Armegeddon-like predictions of the local weather prognosticators) I went outside about two hours after I came in, and I could barely see my hands in front of my face, let alone find my car in the parking lot.<< MORE >>

The State of our Union is Weird

Many women today are in serious financial trouble, in poverty, and on the edge. And the discussions of why never seem to quite settle down. Two years ago Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial Atlantic cover “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” stirred the pot again. Pundits like to throw this topic around, but most of the time it’s all the rage between Those Who Have and Those Who Have More. Amy Chua’s obnoxious opinion piece about her believe that certain ethnic groups have a better shot at success in Sunday’s New York Times is a good example.<< MORE >>

Super Sunday Alternative Activities

Show of hands here? Am I the only person in the world who could give a rat’s patootie about the Super Bowl? I speak blasphemously, but the only thing I care less about than the NFL is college football. (There’s a backstory here that involves years of Big Ten rivalries, cold weather, insane over-the-top fans, but I’ll leave that for another day.)<< MORE >>

Squirrel Vista: overrun with beasts

The suspense in this drama comes when I worry that the feeder itself will drop off the pole with the force of the squirrel jumping forward, and fall the ground below. Our deck is above a walk-out basement/ A fall of ten feet will shatter the bird feeder. (I know this by experience. I’ve punched most of the cards on my “Frequent Bird Feeder Purchase Plan.”)<< MORE >>

Baby Boomers and Technology: When George Jetson’s Toys are Real

Some developers don’t even recognize the importance of usability.It’s relatively easy to write a program for a set of fixed requirements, but as I’ve suggested above, such requirements are hard to pin down for interactive systems. You see this whenever you come across a tablet or smart phone app with icons that convey information perfectly well but are too small to touch with any accuracy.<< MORE >>

The Professor finally leaves the island

How about rewiring that Jet Pac so Gilligan could fly up into the sky so a nearby military ship could spot him? Why did Gilligan have to fly off into a cloud? The Professor suggested Gilligan take the radio up with him, and Gilligan heard a report that a UFO was in the neighborhood. Of course, the UFO was Gilligan.<< MORE >>

Loving my casual, really casual, clothes

I also love a black shirt I purchased at the Saint Louis Art Museum, featuring a subway map of Paris with homes of famous artists. My Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Arts Club band shirt (The Beatles album cover with famous artists instead of the usual characters) reminds me of a great dinner with friends at the Red Bar in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida a dozen years ago.<< MORE >>

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